|Eastern Nebraska Western
Iowa Car Council
EASTERN NEBRASKA / WESTERN IOWA CAR COUNCIL
|IN THE BEGINNING…
In 1971 Mel Alexander and the Centennial Model T Club of Omaha invited two representatives of each
Omaha-area car club to a meeting to discuss issues of mutual interest. In 1972 the meetings expanded to
include car clubs from Lincoln and Fremont. From that beginning, the Eastern Nebraska/Western Iowa Car
Council (ENWICC) was formed.
ENWICC (a.k.a. the Car Council) now comprises over 60 clubs from as far away as Kearney, Aurora, Grand
Island and West Point, Nebraska, Onawa and Des Moines, Iowa, and Tarkio, Missouri. Club affiliations
range from cars and trucks of the early 1900's to the newest vehicles on the market including stock,
modified, customs, street rods, trucks, classics and lead sleds.
The Car Council meets monthly, alternating between locations in Omaha and Lincoln, in order for members
to keep abreast of happenings in the region, foster goodwill and communication between clubs, and provide
a forum for those wanting to reach member clubs with issues relevant to the old-car hobby.
“WHEEL ISSUES” – KEEPING ALL CONNECTED AND INFORMED
The Car Council publishes a monthly newsletter called “Wheel Issues” for member clubs, recapping the past
month’s meeting and passing on information of relevance that hobbyists need to know.
WE’RE ON THE WEB
The Car Council also maintains a website at www.enwicc.com – on this website a listing of upcoming events
for the year is maintained, along with a listing of Car Council-member clubs to put people in contact with
those local groups that may be of assistance for a particular make/model of antique automobile.
LEGISLATIVE WATCHDOG AND ACTIVISM FOR THE HOBBY
Over the years the Council has addressed legislative matters such as year-of-manufacture license plates,
antique auto taxation issues, laws concerning abandoned cars, and historical license plates. It actively
networks with other councils and related groups throughout the country to keep up-to-date with hobby
issues and concerns.
EVENTS THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE
The Council sponsors two activities each year. The first is the ROCKY MANGINELLI MEMORIAL SWAP
MEET held on the Sunday of the first full weekend of March at the Lancaster Event Center in east Lincoln.
At this swap meet, vendors from across the Great Plans and from the far corners of the country sell auto-
related parts and memorabilia. The Spring Swap Meet is the largest event of its kind in the region, with over
1100 vendor spaces (including 700 spaces housed inside four buildings (most of which are heated) and an
additional 400 spaces outside).
Attendance annually is estimated to be well over 20,000 for the one-day event. Council member clubs
provide the manpower needed to handle the tens of thousands of spectators and thousands of vendors,
and share in the proceeds – many clubs in turn take their shares and contribute to their favorite local
charities and causes.
The second event that the Car Council sponsors is the ANNUAL BILL YATES MEMORIAL FALL FOLIAGE
TOUR. This is held on the second Sunday of October. Groups from Omaha and Lincoln meet at Waubonsie
State Park in Iowa for a picnic lunch and fellowship.
ANNUAL EVENTS AND RESOURCES DIRECTORY
Each year the Council prints and distributes over 12,000 "Area Auto Calendar of Events and Resource
Directories," which are distributed free at the Spring Swap Meet. The Directory includes listings of area clubs
which are members of the Car Council, local and national events, and includes advertising by area
businesses and events promoters with an interest in the old-car hobby. You can view the Directory by going
to www.enwicc.com and clicking the link to the Directory.
AUTOMOTIVE HOBBYIST OF THE YEAR AWARD
The Car Council recognizes people within and outside of its membership with an annual award presented to
a person (or persons) who have gone above and beyond the call in the promotion of or contributed to the
betterment of the hobby in the region. Past recipients include many people who have selflessly given of their
time in the furthering of the Council’s mission by their involvement in activities and events.
HELPING AND GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY:
HELPING THOSE IN NEED
In previous years during the spring swap meet, the Car Council collected items for the Food Bank of Lincoln
(www.lincolnfoodbank.org), which serves 15 counties in southeast Nebraska and distributes nine million
meals to over 50,000 children, families and seniors who are food insecure. This was one of the largest one-
day food drives in Lincoln, and in 2014 total collections since the program’s inception in the early 1990s
passed major donation milestones of 100,000 pounds of food and $100,000 in monetary donations for the
And at the end of the year at Christmas-time, the Council supports several deserving charities with
donations from proceeds generated by the annual Spring Swap Meet.
HELPING FUTURE HOBBYISTS AND TRADESPEOPLE
Each spring the Council awards its Paul High Memorial scholarships to students studying in automotive-
related fields. To learn more about this, go to the ENWICC Scholarship page.
IS YOUR CLUB A MEMBER OF THE CAR COUNCIL?
With annual membership dues at 25 cents per club member per year ($10.00 minimum per club), clubs
within the area can benefit from being members of the Car Council through receiving its monthly newsletter,
“Wheel Issues,” participate and be eligible for shares from helping work the annual Spring Swap Meet, as
well as be listed in the Annual ENWICC Events and Resources Directory.
ENWICC truly is "By hobbyists, for hobbyists."